Bunco is a simple card game that anyone can learn to play. It makes a great game for friends. After each round, people get up and move, which means you get to chat with everyone at some point in the night. Here are some tips for successfully starting a neighborhood bunco night.
Get a Core Group
You’ll need 12 people to play Bunco. If you don’t have 12 neighborhood friends, have each person bring one or more friends. For example, if there are four friends in the neighborhood, each person would invite two other friends for a total of 12 people. You should also have a few backup players in mind. These people might not be able to commit to coming every time. But having the list of backups comes in handy when a regular player can’t make it.
Make It Regular
For the ease of scheduling, set a recurring game night each month. For example, you might meet the second Tuesday of every month. Everyone knows when the next Bunco night will be. And when you get into a routine, it’s easier for people to keep that day of the month clear on their schedules.
Find a Spot
If you’re starting a neighborhood Bunco group, consider where you’ll have it. You’ll need space for three separate tables. If one person has an ideal spot for hosting, you might meet there every month. Otherwise take turns hosting each month. This spreads out the responsibility so one person isn’t always stuck hosting.
Sort Out the Details
The next decision is how the night will play out. Will you serve food? Light snacks? Drinks? Will everyone bring their own drinks? What about a potluck? My bunco group found it easiest for everyone to bring a snack or dessert to share. Most people supplied their own drinks. We started out with some snack and mingling time as everyone arrived. Once we all arrived, we sat down at the tables and got started. We usually took a few short breaks between some of the rounds so everyone could nibble some more or go to the bathroom.
Another consideration is whether or not you want to play for prizes or cash. The hostess might buy a few small fun gifts. Or everyone can toss $5 into a pot that is divided for different prizes. Examples of categories might be overall winner, most buncos and least wins.